As part of our ongoing coverage on clean energy initiatives throughout the United States, Rhode Island was proud to announce over the weekend that it is on track to fulfill its goal of 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020.
Since the nationwide exit from the Paris Agreement in a move by President Trump to reaffirm a commitment to fossil fuels, states such as Rhode Island, California, New York, Colorado, Washington, and more have amped up their existing clean energy initiatives to demonstrate a continued dedication to 100 percent renewable energy reliance.
The goal for Rhode Island was announced in 2017 by Governor Gina Raimondo with an already promising 300 megawatts worth of renewable energy already installed since 2016. As prices for renewable energy become more affordable (the most affordable option in some areas), and local businesses and corporations promote clean energy through energy efficiency audits and upgrades, support of clean energy on the state level is an exciting trend for the future of our energy dependence.
Rhode Island is reaching its benchmarks through a combination of the most popular renewable options, including: solar, onshore wind, and offshore wind. These are the most recognizable forms of clean energy to consumers as the idea of “going green” gains traction with U.S. voters, homeowners, and concerned citizens. With the myth of climate change finally being recognized as the very real threat of climate change along with the negative impact of fossil fuels, Rhode Island is leading the way for progress.
It takes action now to inspire action in the future. The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources has also cited the intent to submit proposals for several large scale 400 megawatt facilities. Emilygrene Corp. believes in motivating and inspiring through example. We hope that all states will follow the example of those who prove it is not only possible to “go green,” but also necessary.